The Australian Defence Force has taken delivery of the first order of 437 new Carl Gustav 84mm guns and thermal sights, Defence Materiel minister Jason Clare has said.

The new gun combined with the thermal sight provides increased firepower and a night-fighting capability for war-fighters, Clare added.

The new lightweight, man-portable weapon is used to penetrate walls, blow up bunkers and fire smoke-filled ammunition to improve soldiers’ visibility at night.

The man-portable weapon system was selected by the Australian Defence Force in late 2009 for multipurpose service after several evaluations and assessments.

The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has recently placed additional orders with Saab to provide ammunition for the Carl Gustav M3 weapon system.